Here's a question for the rest of everyone, that I'm trying to figure out.
I like going on 30 mile+ rides on my bike; I've been wanting to do longer trips, though. Unfortunately, I've been using a mountain bike that I've had since around mid '95, and in all honesty I don't think I can take much more than 30 miles on it at a time. Since routes I want to go on are not exactly road-bike friendly, and the roads that I tend to travel along are not exactly road-bike friendly, I'm going to see about buying a hybrid bike. The problem, though... is the myriad of hybrids and how they're designated. There are "performance" hybrids, "path" hybrids, "trail" hybrids, "comfort" hybrids... etc. etc. etc.
Anyway, I had thought I had narrowed down my picks to either a Fuji Sunfire 1.0 or a Trek 7500. But as it turns out both companies also have lines of hybrid bikes which fall under the "comfort" line, the Fuji Sagres and the Trek Navigator. I kind of like the idea of the fatter wheels on the comfort hybrids for the occasional patches of softer earth or non-compacted gravel that I know I'd run into now and then, but I'd wager that it'd make the longer trips harder on me, both by slowing me down and forcing me to put more work into it to go the same distance as the not-quite-so-comfort hybrids.
That said, is there an appreciable difference between the 700c hybrids and the 26" comforts?